28 Feb '11, 8am

Malaysia to let in 45,000 foreign workers

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia said on Monday it will allow Indian restaurants and businesses to recruit 45,000 foreign workers, mainly from India, to help fill a shortage that is crippling their activities. Human Resources minister S. Subramaniam said a dearth of foreign workers has meant that some of the nation's Indian eateries have had to virtually close as locals refused to take up jobs. "Indian businesses had asked for 90,000 foreign workers to man the restaurants and businesses and after discussions, the government has agreed to allow the entry of 45,000 foreign workers, mainly from India," he told AFP. K.K. Eswaran, president of the Malaysian Associated Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MAICCI) which lobbied for the workers, said the foreigners would work in 13 small-scale Indian business sectors in the country. "Indian businesses, not only the restaurants, are faci...

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